Cabinet approves Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Ordinance
A major health and wellness initiative for the country, the Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Promulgation of the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement) Ordinance, 2019.
Electronic-cigarettes are battery-operated devices that produce aerosol by heating a solution containing nicotine, which is the addictive substance in combustible cigarettes. These include all forms of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems, Heat Not Burn Products, e-Hookah and the like devices. These novel products come with attractive appearances and multiple flavours and their use has increased exponentially and has acquired epidemic proportions in developed countries, especially among youth and children.
Upon promulgation of the Ordinance, any production, manufacturing, import, export, transport, sale (including online sale), distribution or advertisement (including online advertisement) of e-cigarettes shall be a cognizable offence punishable with an imprisonment of up to one year or fine up to Rs. 1 lakh or both for the first offence; and imprisonment of up to three years and fine up to Rs. 5 lakh for a subsequent offence. Storage of electronic-cigarettes shall also be punishable with an imprisonment up to 6 months or fine up to Rs 50,000 or both.
The decision to prohibit e-cigarettes will help protect population, especially the youth and children, from the risk of addiction through E-cigarettes. Enforcement of the Ordinance will complement government’s efforts for tobacco control and will help in reduction of tobacco use and reduction in associated economic and disease burden.https://www.pmindia.gov.in/en/news_updates/cabinet-approves-promulgation-of-the-prohibition-of-electronic-cigarettes-ordinance/
Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization. Ayushman Bharat – National Health Protection Mission will subsume the on-going centrally sponsored schemes – Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) and the Senior Citizen Health Insurance Scheme (SCHIS).
Two major initiatives in health sector announced
1.Rs. 1200 Crore allocated for 1.5 Lakh health and wellness Centres
2.National health protection Scheme to provide Hospitalisation cover to over 10 Crore poor and vulnerable families
Tobacco Cessation Clinic
DCI makes it mandatory to have a Tobacco Cessation Clinic (TCC) in all the Dental Institutes.
The tobacco cessation clinic would provide an ideal platform to train, orient and sensitize the future dental profession. An effective TCC aims to provide patient care and community services.
The TCC would be under the Department of Public Health Dentistry and Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology. Strong built in referral systems would be established with other departments.
National Oral Health Programme
Taking into account the oral health situation in the country, Government of India has initiated a National Oral Health Programme to provide integrated, comprehensive oral health care in the existing health care facilities with the following objectives:
- To improve the determinants of oral health
- To reduce morbidity from oral diseases
- To integrate oral health promotion and preventive services with general health care system
- To encourage Promotion of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) model for achieving better oral health.
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